Con­struc­tion of Itare Dam con­tin­ues to spark con­tro­versy in Nakuru, Bomet

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Sh38 bil­lion Itare Dam con­tin­ues to spark con­tro­versy among Bomet, Nakuru and Narok res­i­dents. The Italy-funded project has been marred by dis­putes, fol­low­ing claims that pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion was not car­ried out.

Kip­sigis el­ders say the project will di­vert wa­ter from the Mau For­est, caus­ing rivers, such as Che­mosit, Kip­sonoi, Ndoinet and Sondu, to dry up. The el­ders said the project will lead to an eco­log­i­cal dis­as­ter.

But Nakuru Deputy Gov­er­nor Joseph Rutto has urged res­i­dents to calm down and stop threat­en­ing lead­ers.

“We ad­vise all lo­cals op­posed to the project, the is­sues raised will be sorted out,” he said. “The Rift Val­ley Wa­ter Ser­vices Board has been on the ground sen­si­tis­ing peo­ple.”

Ruto was re­act­ing to re­cent demon­stra­tions by res­i­dents de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion be­fore the project is launched.

/BEN NDONGA

Nakuru Gov­er­nor Kin­uthia Mbugua, con­trac­tors and county of­fi­cials in­spect the on­go­ing Itare Dam con­struc­tion in Kure­soi, Nakuru yes­ter­day

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